Barton Creek Cave

Explore Barton Creek Cave, a remote cave once used by the ancient Maya as a burial site

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One of the largest river caves in Belize, Barton Creek Cave consists of giant passages covered with numerous large speleothems over a navigable river and these features of the cave have made it a popular cave tour in the Cayo District.

Barton Creek Cave Highlights

inside-barton-creekBarton Creek is a cathedral-like wet cave once used for ceremonial purposes and human sacrifices by the Maya. A pair of Peace Corps volunteers stumbled on the cave in 1970 and found that it had been looted but still contained an enormous amount of pottery and artifacts. Archaeologists didn’t study the cave until 1998; they found large ceramics on high ledges, plus evidence of 20 human remains, including a necklace made of finger bones.

As your guide slowly paddles you deeper into the earth, the watery sound of his paddle will echo on the limestone. The cave is at least seven miles deep, but tours only go in about a mile or so before turning around.

This Barton Creek Cave tour can be combined with Mountain Pine Ridge and departs from Cahal Pech Village Resort in the early morning and is inclusive of transportation, guide, park entrance fees and lunch.

Barton Creek Cave Tour details:

Departure: 9:00 am or 1:00 pm from Cahal Pech Village Resort

Duration: Half day tour

Habitat at the Barton Creek Cave: Wet cave river system and sub-tropical rainforest

Difficulty of the tour: Tranquil

Fitness: Minimal

Dress code for the tour: Light clothing, sandals

What to bring along: Camera, bug spray and change of clothes if you wish to take a swim.

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Barton Creek Cave Testimonials

“The folks at Cahal Pech recommended we take the tour of the Barton Creek Cave. At first, I wasn’t sure about it because I didn’t really want to clamber around inside a cave. But it turned out that the tour was riding a canoe through the cave system. It was amazing! Once we entered the cave in our canoe, it was like we were inside a living museum. Our guide pointed out the places where archeologists had found human remains and lots of Maya artifacts. After exiting the cave, we went to the Mountain Pine Ridge which was gorgeous and we were back to the resort after enjoying a delicious lunch in one of the most scenic spots in the country. Great tour!”

-Doris Gibbs, New Berlin, WI

“I’d heard about these Belize cave tours before when I was in Belize but never took one before staying at Cahal Pech. The trip was really worth it, as it’s like you’re canoeing into a museum. The cave is simply enormous and it took my breath away as we passed through in eerie silence. I practically burned up the batteries in my camera with all the photos I took trying to capture the graceful majesty of the cave. Later, we had a splendid picnic at the Mountain Pine Reserve and the whole day was just lovely. Definitely would recommend it to anyone.”

-Aldo Kennedy, Peoria, IL

“I simply couldn’t believe just how deep and extensive the Barton Creek Cave system is. I think our guide took us a half mile or more and yet we were told it goes on for many more miles. I truly could’ve stayed there all day. It was also interesting to learn about how the ancient Maya used the cave for their religious rituals, and how archeologists found all kinds of stuff like a necklace made of finger bones in there. After the tour we went up to Big Rock Waterfalls in the Mountain Pine Ridge for a refreshing dip.”

-Edward Nealy, Lake Milton, OH

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